Commemoration of Lauren Giddings goes international [North Laurel/Savage]

April 18 would have been Lauren Giddings 30th birthday. North Laurel's Lauren Giddings' life was taken from her tragically down in Macon, Ga., in 2011. Lauren was studying for her bar exam when she was slain.

Lauren loved pink and running, so Agnes Scott College, her alma mater, decided to hold a 5K race in her honor. Then the race idea spread. All over the world in placed like China and Bulgaria, family and friends decided to run or walk a 5K in unison on the same day.

Over 60 people in our area walked or ran through North Laurel wearing pink. There were 29 locations around the world where friends and family joined in on April 5.

Agnes Scott is setting up a scholarship in her name. They also dedicated several benches on campus to her. Lauren will not be forgotten because she has so many friends and family members who will continue to make positive memories in her name. Lauren believed life should be lived to the fullest and helped many in her time. So remember to live Lauren's motto, wear pink and eat cake.

Gorman Crossing's fifth graders Chima Anyanusu, Rohan Doma, John Kudwa, Joshua Ruley and Aaron Zhang love to read. So, when the Battle of the Books was about to commence, they wanted to be part of it. Fifth graders from around the county were invited by the library system to compete by reading 16 books and then answering questions from the books.

One of their parents, Anu Doma, agreed to be their sponsor and they named their team iBooks. This was the first year Gorman Crossing had participated. There were 48 teams at River Hill on April 4, and they took first place! Way to go, team iBooks.

The Gold Award is the highest award offered by the Girl Scouts. It is equal to the Eagle Scout award and is considered a huge honor. North Laurel's Tina Howard received her Gold Award on April 6 at an award ceremony in Baltimore. She is a student at Rochester Institute of Technology after graduating from Reservoir High School. She was a member of Troop 1208.

Tina's project was to improve the health of the Bay by educating the communities of North Laurel and Fulton. She stenciled storm drains as well as made presentations and enlisted her adviser, Steve Kaisler, from Boy Scout Troop 62 to help her with this project. Emma Travis-Howard is her troop leader. Great job, Tina!

The Savage Community Association will be selling plants on May 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come out for some great deals on annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables, baskets and more. To see all that they have to offer, go The sale will be held at the Carroll Baldwin Hall, 9035 Baltimore St., in Savage.

The last day of school will now be June 20 for students. Summer school will start June 25 and end Aug. 1. Students have missed nine days due to the weather.

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